As an absolute beginner with no preconceptions, I was struck by the calm strength seemingly inherent in the Pilates approach; as a system it is both gently rigorous and rigorously gentle in its effect on mind and body. As one goes through the pattern of movements and exercises one begins to feel the body relating to itself: almost as if it were talking to its constituent parts; as if the muscular and skeletal systems were slowly being brought into harmonious alignment with each other. The overall effect is a unifying one of deep, very pleasant, calm exertion without the stress attendant on so many other mere 'work-out' methods. Highly recommended.
James Murphy, Petersfield

Listen

A sample from my latest Pilates audio recording, for home practise.

Watch

A series of movements specially selected to help you to relax.

Take your time to get to know the movements and let your body be your guide as to how many of each movement to do. Please note that not all exercises are suitable for everybody. Listen to your body, and enjoy!

Read

Exercises for improving balance and posture.

Register for my balance challenge for extra motivation. Time how long you can stand on one leg, and then the other. Then do these exercises six times a week for two weeks and then time your balancing again. Let me know how you get on!

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Personal Pilates

Personal Pilates (rather like Personal Training) is available to you. Whether in a 1:1, small group or class setting, I always tailor the sessions to the needs of the individual and we work as a partnership in your best interests. I am always keen to liaise with your medical professionals as appropriate.

In my private classes (in and around Petersfield, Hampshire) I aim to foster small, friendly and cohesive groups within which you can experience "Personal Pilates" in a group setting. Sometimes clients team up with a friend or small group of friends and invite me to teach them Pilates on a regular basis.

Please contact me to discuss the options and to arrange an introductory session.

Classes

New members of group classes are very welcome.

All classes are by appointment. Please contact me to arrange a 1:1 and to discuss the class(es) that could meet your needs.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

9:45 - 11:00am
Petersfield Methodist Church (upstairs)

11:15am - 12:30pm
Petersfield Methodist Church (upstairs)

1:30pm onwards
One-to-one sessions, by appointment

10:15 - 11:15am & 11:30 - 12:30pm
Pilates-based movement for MS, for Chichester and Bognor Regis MS Society, Regis Centre, Bognor Regis

1:30pm onwards
One-to-one sessions, by appointment

9:45 - 11:00am
Petersfield Methodist Church (upstairs)

11:15am - 12:30pm
Pilates for Men at Petersfield Methodist Church (upstairs)

2:00 - 3:00pm
Petersfield Methodist Church (upstairs)

6:30 - 7:30pm
Petersfield Methodist Church (upstairs)

9:45 - 11:00am
Petersfield Methodist Church (upstairs)

11:15am - 12:15pm
Petersfield Methodist Church (upstairs)

1:00 - 1:45pm
The Taro Leisure Centre, Petersfield

2:15 - 3:30pm
Strength and Conditioning for Bone Building

One-to-one sessions, by appointment

Classes in Blue: Bookable as a course of sessions each half term

Class in green: Drop-in, pay at the front desk

Testimonials

I've played football, tennis, squash, cricket, table tennis during my school and adult life and came to associate physical training with sweat, pain and being shouted at. When I first came across Pilates. it sounded frankly wet: music and movement; 'Be a tree' and I stayed well clear. However, my wife swore by it and it clearly did her some good. I am still playing tennis and table tennis but there is nothing in my week on flexibility so I gave it a go. It's been an excellent decision. No shouting (No music - that's worth coming for alone!!), no sweat. no pain. But the following morning, I still have the muscle aches that tell me they have been worked. But my muscles have been mugged by gentleness and quiet. I recommend it.
Mr P.C., retired consultant, Petersfield
Beth has a distinctive teaching style that is very calming and clear. She helps me discover and move muscles that I have never consciously used even in 20 years training in team sports.
I come out of Beth's classes feeling relaxed, straighter and stronger.
Mrs. M.B, Petersfield, University Lecturer
I always look forward to my weekly Pilates with Beth and miss it if I am not able to attend a session. I am part of a small group, the atmosphere is peaceful and friendly and we all get individual attention. My range of movement has increased, my knees no longer ache. Increasing my core strength has enabled me to enjoy other activities so much more.
Mrs A.S., Petersfield, Community Leader
I have been doing some of the exercises every evening, and before and after I cycle or go to the gym. I am astonished with how much better I feel now in the mornings – I used to feel as stiff as a board but now I leap out of bed!
Mr. S.P., Corporate Manager, Petersfield
I have really appreciated doing Pilates, I have noticed that I no longer feel as tight and knotted across my shoulders as I used to, and definitely notice when I miss a week. My job can be stressful and Pilates has really helped with this.
I have gained a lot more confidence in trying new exercises as time has gone on. I have also lost some weight and this has helped as well.
Mrs. J.S. Health Professional
The exercises that Beth gave me were simple and quick, and, as part of my practice routine, led to immediate alleviation of painful shoulder symptoms. It is a relief to be pain-free.
Mr. P.F, Alresford, professional drummer
Pilates has really helped me think about my deportment and how my body's movement mechanics are working in every day life. Walking the dog has taken on new meaning! I am feeling more flexible and younger.Beth has a very peaceful and calm teaching style that makes our sessions a really relaxing exercise experience.
Mrs. H.P., Petersfield, Voluntary Worker

Biography

I love to help people live life to the full through intelligent movement, whatever their age, fitness level or special needs. In consultation with medical professionals where appropriate, I aim to help you discover your own Pilates-based movement for optimum vitality.

I am a graduate of Cambridge University, former dancer, sportswoman and corporate professional. Pilates helped me overcome pain and injury, and after eight years personal self-mastery in the movement I qualified as a teacher with world-renowned Polestar Pilates.

My specialist training and research interests include working with people with spinal pain, neurological conditions and osteoporosis. I have written on healthcare topics for international peer-reviewed publications including Pain News, The Journal of Biomolecular Screening, and the Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

I am honoured to have been sponsored by the MS Society in training as a specialist Pilates teacher for people with Multiple Sclerosis. As an associate member of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and professional member of the National Osteoporosis Society I am working towards bringing Olympic-medal winning sports science to the general population with a particular focus on bone health and pain-free living at any age. I also enjoy tailoring Pilates-based movement and strength training to maximise performance in specific walks-of-life including sport and the performing arts.

My teaching style is gentle, approachable and inclusive. I believe that the best support for health and wellbeing should be accessible to all. I am a Dementia Friend and an active member of the Petersfield business community, First Friday. My work has included workshops for teenagers and children as well as specialist workshops for adults of all ages and fitness levels.

Pilates for Neurological Conditions

The origins of Pilates are in rehabilitation. An inherently adaptable approach to movement re-education, Pilates is based on principles including breathing, alignment and posture for efficient, functional movement. Even in the case of neurological damage, such as in MS, Parkinson's, stroke and other brain and spinal cord injury, the nervous system is capable of change (neuroplasticity).

Pilates-based exercise programmes, rooted in neurorehabilitation and neuroplasticity research, have brought physical and emotional benefit to people affected by neurological conditions. My friend and client, Margaret Boyd-Wallis, who is affected by Parkinson's, has written a booklet about her experiences. Please contact me for a copy of Reaching for the Lily Leaf.

Pilates for MS

In partnership with the MS Society, since 2013 I have offered one-to-ones and classes especially for people affected by the condition. Whatever movement the client has – whether walking or not – we will work together to maintain and possibly improve it in a gently effective way. Regular Pilates-based movement can help people with MS to:

  • Walk better – through improved balance, core strength, and range of movement and strength in the legs, hips and shoulders
  • Carry out day-to-day tasks more readily such as getting up from a chair, using stairs – through greater body awareness, balance and strength
  • Feel more confident about themselves and their bodies – through greater self-awareness and personal strategies for movement

Comments from members of the MS Society in Chichester and Bognor who took part in a 10-week study of my Pilates programmes for MS:

Beth listens to how we are on the day and works with us. Pilates will help you to walk better and to stand better. I recommend it.
Pilates makes me think about the side of my body that I try to ignore. Afterwards that side feels more connected.
Now I know how to keep myself going. When faced with a challenge I think about some of the things we do in Pilates.
When I came into the class today I felt like death, now I feel back to life.

I am accredited by world-leading Pilates educator Mariska Breland – who has MS herself – as a specialist Pilates teacher for people with MS. I partner with the MS Society locally and nationally to enable people with MS to be active. With some of my MS Society clients, I led a Pilates-based movement for MS class at MS Life 2016, Europe's largest MS-family conference. I also co-led the Pilates workshop at MS Life 2014.

Balance exercises appropriate to the individual build confidence

Improving posture and strength can be done
with exercises integrated into daily life

Carefully selected challenges for different
levels of fitness and co-ordination

Please contact me to find out more about my research and to work with me. Classes take place in Bognor Regis on Tuesday mornings for members of the MS Society. Please contact me for one-to-one sessions and to establish other groups and see my Facebook timeline for special events.